Here's something I've been wondering for a while; why do we love videogames? They have no practical purpose, they eat up free time with no real benefits to speak of, and they are incredibly addictive. From a non-gamer perspective, playing videogames is a complete waste of time.
I know all this, and yet I just LOVE to play! I could just sit on my butt and play Skyrim for hours if I didn't feel so guilty about all the time I'm flushing down the drain. So many hours and so much manpower has been put into the entertainment industry, so there's obviously a demand. Do we do it to escape reality? Do we do it because we like to feel like we can accomplish something more than we ever could in real life?
For me, my excuse is that I'm doing a character exercise. And I'm not entirely lying about it; every character I create, in Skyrim, and even the Sims, occasionally, gets written down with details of their personality, background, where they live and other things. I'm creating characters that I could potentially use in later stories, and by playing them in the game, I expand on their personalities by how they react to different situations.
But I'm what some people call an 'Immersion player', in that I get completely involved in the world and don't like to break the illusion. Apparently, there aren't too many immersion players like me; there are some people who are perfectly happy to just screw around in the game, kill stuff and run around.
Even though I have a reason, I still don't know why I spend so much time playing. To any gamers reading this (and even if you play just one game, it applies,) I want to know why YOU play videogames.